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North Dakota Abortion Facts

State abortion statistics from the leading public and private sources.

Collective state abortion statistics are gathered privately by The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) and federally by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Because of reporting lag, their most recent data is generally 2-3 years old. In most cases, state-level abortion facts are more current than the numbers reported by AGI or the CDC. Three states (California, Maryland, and New Hampshire) did not provide abortion data to the federal government for the last reporting period.

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STATE-LEVEL DATA (North Dakota)

Total Abortions (2012): 1,330

The North Dakota Department of Health reports that 1,330 abortions took place in North Dakota during 2012.

Total Abortions (2011): 1,247

The North Dakota Department of Health reports that 1,247 abortions took place in North Dakota during 2011.

SOURCE: North Dakota Department of Health


CDC DATA (North Dakota)

Total Abortions (2010): 1,291

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 1,291 abortions took place in North Dakota during 2010. The table below compares North Dakota abortion totals by year.

2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002
1,291 1,290 1,386 1,235 1,298 1,231 1,357 1,354 1,219

Abortion Rate (2010): 10.0

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that the 2010 abortion rate for North Dakota was 10.0. The abortion rate is the number of abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 years. Among reporting states and districts, the nationwide abortion rate for 2010 was 14.6. The table below compares North Dakota abortion rates by year.

2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002
10.0 10.1 11.1 9.8 10.2 10 10 10 9

Out-of-State Abortion Percentage (2010): 31.2%

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 31.2% of the 1,291 abortions that took place in North Dakota were performed on out-of-state residents.

Percentage of Reported Abortions by Known Age (2010):

<15 yrs 15-19 20-24 25-29 30-34 35-39 ≥40 yrs
North Dakota NR 15.3% 37.8% 24.9% 12.7% 6.1% NR
United States 0.5% 14.6% 32.9% 24.5% 15.3% 8.9% 3.4%

Percentage of Reported Abortions by Weeks of Gestation* (2010):

≤8 wks* 9-13 wks* 14-15 wks* 16-17 wks* 18-20 wks* ≥21 wks*
North Dakota 69.7% 27.7% 2.4% NR NR 0%
United States 65.9% 26.0% 3.3% 1.8% 1.8% 1.2%

*Gestational weeks are measured from the first day of the woman's last menstruation and not from the day of conception. Though it does not provide an accurate fetal age (which is roughly 2 weeks less than the gestational age), it is the simplest way for an OB/GYN to age a pregnancy since the day of conception is often not known. Hence, if an abortion occurs at 8 weeks gestation, it is actually aborting a 6 week embryo. The images on our Prenatal Development and Abortion Pictures pages are more precisely captioned with fetal ages in accordance with standard teaching texts on prenatal development.

Percentage of Reported Abortions by Procedure Type* (2010):

Curettage Medical Intrauterine Instillation Other
North Dakota 82.5% 17.5% NR NR
United States 80.5% 17.8% 0% 1.9%

*To learn more about how various abortion procedures are performed, visit our Abortion Techniques page.

SOURCE: Abortion Surveillance --- United States, 2010


AGI DATA (North Dakota)

Total Abortions (2011): 1,250

The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) reports that 1,250 abortions took place in North Dakota during 2011. In 2008, there were 1,400 abortions reported—compared with 1,230 in 2005.

Total Abortions Rank (2011): #49

Out of the 50 states (+ Washington DC) that AGI lists data for, North Dakota's 2011 abortion total places it at number 49 on the list (#1 on the list is the state or district with the most abortions and #51 is the state or district with the fewest).

Abortion Rate* (2011): 9.5

The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) reports that the 2011 abortion rate for North Dakota was 9.5. In 2008, the abortion rate in North Dakota was 11.2. It was 9.6 in 2005 and 9.9 in 2000. The 2011 abortion rate across the entire United States was 16.9.
*The abortion rate is the number of abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 years.

Abortion Rate Rank (2011): #37

Out of the 50 states (+ Washington DC) that AGI lists data for, North Dakota's 2011 abortion rate places it at number 37 on the list (#1 on the list is the state or district with the highest abortion rate and #51 is the state or district with the lowest).

Percentage of Pregnancies Ending in Abortion (2011): 10%

In 2011, 12,800 women in North Dakota became pregnant. 74% of these pregnancies resulted in live births and 10% in induced abortions.

Total Abortion Facilities (2011): 1

In 2011, the Alan Guttmacher Institute reports that there were 1 abortion providers in North Dakota. There were 1 providers in 2008, 1 providers in 2005, and 2 providers in 2000.

Abortion Restrictions (2014):

  • Abortion would be banned if Roe v. Wade were to be overturned.
  • A woman must receive state-directed counseling that includes information designed to discourage her from having an abortion and then wait 24 hours before the procedure is provided.
  • Abortion is covered in private insurance policies only in cases of life endangerment, unless an optional rider is purchased at an additional cost.
  • Health plans that will be offered in the state’s health exchange that will be established under the federal health care reform law can only cover abortion when the woman’s life is endangered, unless an optional rider is purchased at an additional cost.
  • Abortion is covered in insurance policies for public employees only in cases of life endangerment.
  • The parents of a minor must consent before an abortion is provided.
  • Public funding is available for abortion only in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest.

SOURCE: http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/sfaa/north_dakota.html

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